It's been two years since Zuccotti Park was briefly the center of the Universe. Occupy Wall Street has since become a massive worldwide struggle against the abuses of finance capitalism and the lack of accountability of governments to their people.To celebrate the anniversary of a squatters' camp th ... More >>
Two years ago, an isolated demonstration in Zuccotti Park was swiftly mutating into a national movement, and Stephen Colbert wanted in on the action. The Comedy Central host headed on down to the Occupy Wall Street protest where he encountered "two young idealists"--Justin and Ketchup.
Occupy Wall Street's terrible twos began this morning with a familiar set of scenes: protesters holding signs. Protesters glaring at cops. Cops glaring at protesters. Dozens of metal barricades lining the streets between them. Everyone pausing to look in unison at the Hipster Cop and his improbably ... More >>
From George Washington hosting an epic goodbye party at Fraunces Tavern to the late Chumley's hosting, well, everybody during Prohibition, New York has always recognized the spirit of drinking and its place in history. Whether you're taking a vacation or working overtime this holiday weekend, here's ... More >>
For those who have been tracking Occupy Wall Street since its earliest days, yesterday's anniversary often felt familiar to the point of deja vu. Lower Manhattan was once again transformed into a city under siege, with metal barricades at almost every intersection, police trucks, vans, scooters, ho ... More >>
Approaching its anniversary, the movement isn't dead. It's growing up.
As the Voice describes in this week's cover story, George Martinez is running for congress in New York's 7th District, and he's doing so as an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated candidate. But before he was running for office, and before he first set foot in Zuccotti Park, Martinez was a rapper. As a ... More >>
Running for Congress, George Martinez calls himself the Occupiers' candidate. The rest of the movement isn't so sure.
Good news for the Occupy Wall Street folks: you can now be an OWS "bum" and get paid for it -- that's according to Fox News' Stuart Varney, anyway, who claims (based on literally nothing) that OWS is recruiting paid protesters via-Craigslist to "hang out" in Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow (spoiler ... More >>
Somewhat ironically, it's the Occupy Wall Street May Day event that is the least controversial that is most reminiscent of the best of Zuccotti Park's heyday. The Free University of New York -- largely sponsored by CUNY students and faculty who chose to take their classes into Madison Square Park to ... More >>
Today's beautiful weather has brought the Occupy movement to the city's green epicenter in what has been deemed as the 'Spring Awakening' for the movement of the 99%. The day of activism, trending as #A14 on Twitter and boasting a Woodstock-esque poster, invites everyone to help "kick off exciting s ... More >>
A judge has ruled not to dismiss charges against a protester who is at the center of an ongoing court battle surrounding the legality of the famous shutdown of Zuccotti Park at the peak of Occupy Wall Street's demonstrations in November. This latest decision sets the stage for a contentious trial ... More >>
On Monday, we reported on the developing court battle surrounding the famous eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park in November -- an important legal case that is moving forward just as Occupy Wall Street resurfaces in full force with the arrival of spring. And late yesterday, the Voice recei ... More >>
Mike Bloomberg agrees with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who hopes to replace him as mayor in 2013: Public spaces like Zuccotti Park should fall under the jurisdiction of the city's Parks Department and not private owners. Commenting on the ongoing debate around the rights of Occupy Wal ... More >>
When the NYPD again forcefully evicted Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park more than a week ago, many of those who weren't arrested marched north, leading police on a winding course that finally ended at around 2 a.m. in Union Square. Most of the protesters went home after that, but a handful sta ... More >>
While those following Occupy Wall Street have their eyes focused on the resurgence of action this month, few have been following a legal case dating back to the famous November eviction at Zuccotti Park -- a case which the city is now commenting on through a brief it filed in the courts last week ... More >>
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is expected to run for mayor in 2013, spoke out this morning about the resurgence of Occupy Wall Street, suggesting that the city may want to rethink how it oversees public park spaces. Quinn, as Capital noted this morning, has generally been cautious abou ... More >>
As protesters cleared out of Zuccotti Park at the close of Saturday's Occupy Wall Street action Nick Pinto reported that police and private security guards from Brookfield Properties -- the owners of Zuccotti Park -- unlocked metal barricades to close up the plaza. In response, protesters yelled "Wh ... More >>
SEE: Photos from last night's protest. Occupy Wall Street began yesterday, its six-month anniversary, with a parent-and-child chalk-art event in Zuccotti Park, the small downtown plaza that became the epicenter of the movement last fall. The rest of the day would become a sort of a condensed repet ... More >>
Occupy Wall Street roared back to life yesterday, as protesters marched and attempted to re-occupy Zuccotti Park. They were met by police who closed the park and violently arrested occupiers. Head over to the account by the Voice's Nick Pinto, who was on the scene, along with photographer C.S. Muncy ... More >>
The birthplace of Occupy Wall Street lives on! And so does the anger surrounding the infamous eviction of protestors back in November. Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a brief with the city's Criminal Court arguing that Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, had no legal ... More >>
Paula Segal got the barricades around Zuccotti Park removed. Now she has a new target.
Wall Street occupiers have spent months protesting without a concrete place where they can put down roots, after getting kicked out of Zuccotti Park, the Spanish-language daily reports. Now, some plan on demonstrating on foot and bringing their battle to November's elections, according to El Diari ... More >>
It's been nearly two months since the city evicted Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, ostensibly over concerns about health and safety violations. But some of the movement's allies claim the new regime at the park violates New York City zoning laws. In a letter sent yesterday, the New York Civi ... More >>
The barricades that have surrounded Zuccotti Park ever since Occupy Wall Street was evicted nearly two months ago came down this evening. As word circulated that Brookfield Properties employees were disassembling the metal fencing that has choked access to the park, participants in last fall's occu ... More >>
Religious involvement in OWS heads upstream
From the flyer.A group called Occupy Faith is planning to hold a 24-hour prayer vigil in Zuccotti Park from midnight on Christmas Eve to midnight the next day, and they're worried that Brookfield Properties won't allow it to happen. Occupy Christmas would involve food and musical instruments, ... More >>
TKPretty cool: a map that visualizes income inequality using Manhattan as a scale. This appeared on the third issue of n 1's Occupy! gazette. Maria Popova has an explanation:
Two and a half months after the fact, Gawker's Adrian Chen has identified the guy who fooled Occupy Wall Street into thinking that Radiohead was going to play a free show at Zuccotti Park. It's this guy Malcolm Harris who writes for lit-mag The New Inquiry. He says he and his friends thought ... More >>
Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne moves toward the "stage" at Zuccotti Park. It was a cold and windy afternoon at Zuccotti Park, with the thermometer stuck at 46 degrees, as Jackson Browne and Dawes took the stage around 1:15 pm. Well, it wasn't really a stage, but a marble planter ... More >>
Photographer C.S. Muncy, a regular contributor to the Voice, offers this account of his experiences during the NYPD pre-dawn raid Tuesday to clear Zuccotti Park. Muncy says, notably, that he was able to slip past the police cordon and get into the park, and that he was detained by police and ... More >>
Could Occupy Wall Street survive without an occupation?
C.S. MuncyPolice clear Zuccotti Park on Monday night.This week, I have a story in the print version of the paper about what would happen if Occupy Wall Street was no longer occupying Zuccotti Park. The story went to print before the city evicted the protesters on Monday night. Some aspects ... More >>
We woke up to a text message this morning from a friend of ours that has been sleeping at Zuccotti Park over the past couple week which read, "Cops using sound weapons on us. good thing I bought ear plugs." Here's Mayor Michael ("No one is a bigger defender of the First Amendment than I am")B ... More >>
C.S. MuncyAuthorities clearing Zuccotti Park. The city cleared out Zuccotti Park in the wee hours of this morning, effectively ending the nearly two-month-old Occupy Wall Street occupation and destroying much of the occupiers' gear. The Voice arrived on the scene around 1:30 a.m. to a confusi ... More >>
Steven ThrasherWell, that was quick. When we started covering the Occupy Wall Street march at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge this morning, about 150 marchers were cruising by City Hall, around the same time Mayor Bloomberg was giving his press conference to rationalize the clearing of Zuccot ... More >>
Representatives of the Granny Peace Brigade were out in force at Duarte Square this morning. After a chaotic departure in the wee hours of the morning from Zuccotti Park, protesters marched northward, and about 1,000, with their supporters, congregated in Duarte Square at the corner of Six ... More >>
Via our friends at Beyond Gold: The video for "Don't Fuck With My Money," the latest single by by electropop singer (and former Shelter subject) Penguin Prison. Talk about timingthe clip was shot on location at Occupy Wall Street last month, and its release comes hot on the heels of la ... More >>
Nick PintoOWS legal team after the ruling.Judge Michael D. Stallman of the Supreme Court of New York just issued a ruling denying Occupy Wall Street's request for a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return, sleeping gear and all, to Zuccotti Park. Two most interesting par ... More >>
Zuccotti Park this morning, with police inside and protesters outside.After the police moved on Zuccotti Park around 1 a.m. this morning, lawyers working on behalf of the occupiers and their allies sprang into action, securing a temporary restraining order from Justice Lucy Billings. The ord ... More >>
via Meg RobertsonMicha in her gown.If the Occupy Wall Street protests don't eventually force stricter banking regulations or greater wealth equality, the movement can at least take responsibility for one love connection. Emery Abdel-Latif, 24, and Micha Balon, 19, met at Zuccotti Park in Sept ... More >>
wallyg/FlickrPossibly the most recognizable landmark at Zuccotti Park is the "red structure," as occupiers call it. The sculpture's name is actually "Joie de Vivre" and it's by Mark di Suvero, an American abstract expressionist sculptor. "Joie de Vivre" was formerly located at the Holland Tun ... More >>
"Occupying" is clearly not confined to Wall Street, having occurred over the weekend in Washington Square Park and, we hear, being planned for Tompkins Square Park this coming Saturday and Sunday. All the while, Occupy Wall Street Protesters are remaining at base camp in Zuccotti Park, where Mayor ... More >>
At the tail end of last night's Occupy Wall Street march from Foley Square to Zuccotti Park with major unions (and a guest appearance from Michael Moore), the facilitator of the Zuccotti rally announced a march on Wall Street. As it turned out, it was an unauthorized march, as we discovered when we ... More >>
This morning the UAW -- the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- issued an official endorsement of Occupy Wall Street, which they deem "a movement for economic and political justice." They've said they'll commit resources to the movement ... More >>
The Community/Labor march to Wall Street is on, with thousands of people filling Foley Square, where marchers are assembling prior to the march, which begins at 5 p.m. They're scheduled to head past City Hall and to Zuccotti Park to "unite in solidarity." Nick Pinto (@macfathom) and Rosie Gray (_@ro ... More >>
Occupy Wall Street will be two weeks old on Saturday, and they've been camped out in Zuccotti Park long enough to start receiving packages: (Liberty Plaza is what the protesters have renamed Zuccotti Park.) They also now have a designated info helpline, 347 603 6258.
Occupy Wall Street is in its 13th day, with support growing among factions veering from the "grungy unemployed hippie stereotype." There's the event led by two CUNY professors to protest the treatment of the protesters at the hands of the NYPD (Critical Mass has written they'll join in this rally, w ... More >>